Is It Normal to Have More Swelling in Ruptured Breast Impant After Bilateral Implant Exchange?

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Ruptured Implant Side Has More Swelling after Implant Revision

   The side of rupture frequently requires capsulotomies or capsulectomy among other things.  This creates more swelling postoperatively.  This should not be particularly troubling, but an examination by your plastic surgeon can allay fears.

Swelling after breast surgery

It is normal to have more swelling in the breast that had the ruptured implant.  This is especially true if it was a silicone implant.  If it was a saline implant, that side will look a bit tighter, depending on how long ago it had ruptured.

Dennis Dass, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling can mean various things

A little more swelling could mean that more work was done on one side.  There may be some additional irritation of the tissues because of the spill (what was it?).  If your one side is much more swollen, a fluid collection (blood or serous fluid) may have built up and you should see your plastic surgeon to be assessed in person.  This is not an emergency unless your breast is actively increasing in size

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Implant exchange and swelling

It is very possible that one breast required more work and therefore developed more swelling after surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Is It Normal to Have More Swelling in Ruptured Breast Impant After Bilateral Implant Exchange?

It does make sense that the side having more surgery might have more swelling. Nevertheless, if this is a question based on your post op course you should call your surgeon for advice and you may need to be seen.

Thanks, best wishes.

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